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by tlragsdale
Sun May 29, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southeast MI
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Re: Southeast MI

Hey Dave....congrats on the start of your colony. One of your questions had to do with "what to expect/timing with nests". If you don't have one, you might considering buying a PM prognosticator from the PM shop; it's very helpful, helping to calculate egg hatching dates, when the hatchlings will fl...
by tlragsdale
Sun May 29, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Looks like a banner year up here in Poplar Grove, IL
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: Looks like a banner year up here in Poplar Grove, IL

Not seeing a great deal of PM's moving through, but we went from 2 pair (12 fledglings) last year, to currently having 5 pair with 24 eggs (as of this morning/expect that number to still increase by a few).

Hope everyone else is having a successful season.
by tlragsdale
Thu May 26, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

Re: First Eggs

Last year was our first year to successfully host PM's (2 pair, 12 eggs/12 fledglings). So far (I swear, I don't think we've had a single SY martin) we have 6 nests with eggs (ranging from 1 - 4), with the first being laid on the 22nd. Hoping for a late push of northbound martins. Good luck to all o...
by tlragsdale
Wed May 18, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it just me….
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Is it just me….

Sweet. The "reaching in and lifting up" would have been a nervous moment for me.

One kind of a different note, you guys ever have any of your hatchlings/adults banded?
by tlragsdale
Wed May 18, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is it just me….
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Is it just me….

Is it just me, or does it startle the dickens out of you when you do nest checks and find PM's still in the nest. Lowering the Gemini rack isn't silent (and, yep, I tap on the pole a couple of times, announcing my arrival), and most all of the PM's fly out/off, protesting noisely as they circle arou...
by tlragsdale
Sat May 14, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS
Replies: 19
Views: 7963

Re: TIPS ON USING A PELLET RIFLE TO CONTROL NON NATIVE BIRDS

Just to tag onto an excellent post….another author years ago had suggested trying different types/design of pellets, to discover which your rifle "likes" best. It was a great tip, as I found my RWS Diana .177 sparrow/starling slayer shot a significantly smaller pattern using Meisterkugeln 8.2 grain ...
by tlragsdale
Sun May 01, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Flipping Out at the Quarry
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Flipping Out at the Quarry

Not patient enough to flip cricket-after-cricket.....just lower the Gemini rack, place 10-or-so crickets on the porch of the Troyer gourds.....the PM's fly back up to their gourd, and usually eat three or four big crickets. Hopefully, the insect population is gaining strength, making feeding not nec...
by tlragsdale
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Flipping Out at the Quarry
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Flipping Out at the Quarry

Great news, Tim. I'm certain your birds appreciate your efforts, and will likely help to quickly increase the resident population at the quarry.
by tlragsdale
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Sharon Iowa Update
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: New Sharon Iowa Update

Hey Lynn….no wonder we have a hard time getting martins north of you :grin: . Seriously, sounds like a great set-up. We're operating on a much smaller scale (for now) in far western WI. Finally had two pair call our Gemini rack home last season, and fledged 12 little-martin-persons. First pairing we...
by tlragsdale
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1st SY female Northeast Ohio
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: 1st SY female Northeast Ohio

Great news, Mitch. Keep "those cards & letters" coming, to keep us posted on how the season progresses.
by tlragsdale
Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spotting Scope
Replies: 23
Views: 5023

Re: Spotting Scope

Hey Roger.....really early for us to expect a great influx of PM's (first pair last year was May 4). Currently tickled to have 3 pair; hope to attract a couple more, and also anticipating the subadult's return. Regarding scopes, ours is one of the single eyepiece Bushnells. If money was no object (b...
by tlragsdale
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My high-rise Blaine's repeating trap
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: My high-rise Blaine's repeating trap

Deb….I'm sure everyone else appreciates your comment/feelings on dispatching a sparrow. Another VERY quick/humane method (Brenda mentioned CO2/plastic bag) is to have the sparrow/starling exit the trap into a plastic bag….one quick spray of starting fluid (ether) will do the trick.
by tlragsdale
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Well geeze.
Replies: 12
Views: 1979

Re: Well geeze.

Have 3 pair back early (for western WI)….weather has been marginal, and--although the birds are out soaring high most of they day--I can't imagine with high's of only 50, there are a lot of bugs to be had. Luckily, the 3 pair are in the Gemini rack. I've lowered it the last couple of days, mid-morni...
by tlragsdale
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapping Starlings
Replies: 18
Views: 4824

Re: Trapping Starlings

That is the trap I've used with great success.

Good luck!
by tlragsdale
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trapping Starlings
Replies: 18
Views: 4824

Re: Trapping Starlings

Not a direct answer to your question (sorry), but I have had really good luck using a gourd with a Troyer's round entrance (the type with a small hole just above the entrance hole). A small diameter wire supports a flat slide which deploys to close off the entrance when tripped. They, of course, req...
by tlragsdale
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Earliest arrival in years!
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: Earliest arrival in years!

Looks like things are running a little ahead of schedule this year. Hope the number of cold "snaps" we usually encounter are few.

Good luck in the coming season.
by tlragsdale
Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sad day today.
Replies: 24
Views: 6660

Re: Sad day today.

Please accept our sincerest condolensces on the passing of your Mom, Dallas. Holding all of the memories of our loved ones close at heart until that grandest of all reunions that GOD holds in-store for us is the hope we must hold on to.
by tlragsdale
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Our First Purple Martin Has Arrived
Replies: 18
Views: 2793

Re: Our First Purple Martin Has Arrived

It's so enjoyable reading of the returning martins, and checking out the latest arrivals. We are still about 90 days (give or take a week, or so), until we have any returning PM's.

Look forward to reading about arrivals from all of our friends "down south".
by tlragsdale
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 20 year Anniversary
Replies: 12
Views: 1969

Re: 20 year Anniversary

Beautiful set-up, Tony. Now I see why we have more difficulty getting martins north of you… :grin: .

Best wishes on a successful 2016 season.

Your neighbors to the north,
by tlragsdale
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Picture of our 2 gourd racks
Replies: 16
Views: 3661

Re: Picture of our 2 gourd racks

You know, you folks down south with housing/set-up's like this make it REALLY tough on those of us living up north. :grin: I mean, other than full housing, why would any self-respecting PM fly past such a goregous offering. Beautiful set-up Keep us updated as your returning birds come home…..makes t...